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Ever wondered why Italian waiters use such big pepper mills and where they get that vigorous grinding action? The answer’s in the peppercorns, which not only add pungent flavour to dishes but are also proven to have astounding health benefits!

Long prized for its piquant flavour and aroma, black pepper is the spice that seasons the libido as well as your food. Reported to have aphrodisiac properties and impart a feeling of invigoration, that distinctive swivel may be attributed to the corns which spice things up in every way!

Containing iron, manganese, magnesium and dietary fibre as well as impressive antioxidant and antibacterial properties, black pepper is just bursting with nutrients. Proven to aid digestion by preventing indigestion, heartburn and nasty bacterial build-ups, a twist of black pepper also enables us to derive the maximum benefit from the food that we eat. To top it all, the outer layer of the peppercorn even stimulates the breakdown of food cells, meaning that it helps you to stay slim while you eat!

Before running for you pepper pots however, take a moment to reflect on the Italian waiters’ grind. They ensure maximum flavour and benefits from black pepper by using fresh, whole peppercorns ground in a mill just before being added to a dish. At Bella Italia, the authentic Italian restaurant, black pepper is always offered when food is served at the table in order to maximise the flavour and aroma. Finally, to ensure maximum seasoning, buy the largest mill possible and get grinding!


Note to editors

Bella Italia has 63 restaurants located throughout the UK. A full list is available on the web-site at

Date: 23rd December 2004

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